Public speaking is scary and even the most experienced speakers get nervous. The good news is public speaking is not a god-given talent.
It’s a skill that can be learned, just like softball or knitting.
The good news is you don't have to be a natural performer BUT you do have to practice.
The best way to get comfortable speaking in front of a group is to practice in front of a group. If that's more terrifying than you can imagine, here are a few easy tips to practice at home.
1. PRACTICE YOUR PRESENTATION IN THE MIRROR.
This is a great way to get immediate feedback and get used to seeing yourself speak. That might feel awkward but that's the point because once you get comfortable watching yourself, it will feel less scary when you stand up in front of other people.
2. PRACTICE YOUR PRESENTATION FOR A DOG.
Dogs make very understanding audiences. Check out this New York Times article: How to Give a Better Speech: Talk to a Dog
3. PRACTICE STANDING AND SPEAKING IN OPEN, POWERFUL POSTURES.
Watch Amy Cuddy's TED talk on presence Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are and try out power poses.
Want more tips? Download 7 Practice Strategies to Rock Your Presentation. They’re free!